“If you don’t honour the night, you’re not worthy of the day.”
– Italian Proverb
We all know the feeling of planning to be in bed early with hopes of getting a fresh start tomorrow. Unfortunately, we also know the feeling of looking at the clock and realizing it’s past midnight.
For me, this is frustrating. I hate realizing that those hours of sleep can never be recovered and I have made tomorrow that much more difficult for myself.
Luckily, as I have recently found, there are some ways to keep the night owl side of yourself at bay and get the rest your body needs.
Here are 3 tricks that work for us here at WA:
1. Pick A Bedtime
This may seem obvious, but many of us just go about our routine and don’t bother looking at the clock. Set a time, stick to it, and see what happens. You don’t have to be a senior citizen about it and go to sleep at 6PM.
For me, a night owl, a reasonable bedtime is 11PM. That gives me time to eat, work out (ideally), unwind, watch an episode of Peaky Blinders, and still get 7-8 hours of sleep.
2. Manually Set Your Alarm
This is a trick that I use because my phone gives me the amount of hours until my alarm goes off. For example, if I set an alarm for 6:30AM at 10PM, I can see that the most I could get is 8 hours and 30 minutes of sleep. Knowing exactly how much time I have gives me motivation to get to bed sooner and not waste it.
3. Unplug Sleep Aid
If you are the kind that has trouble shutting your brain down due to worries about work, family, school, or just general restlessness, Unplug can give you serious relief.
You may have noticed a current trend of weighted blankets that are meant to ease anxiety and help folks sleep. The idea behind those is a feeling of security.
Well, we’re not blanket experts, but we are supplement experts. Think of Unplug as a weighted blanket for your brain.
It’s not that hard to get to bed on time, but it is very hard to recover when you don’t. Get some sleep!